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  • Connecting with Residents Online

    In a world of adding Facebook friends that are practically strangers, texting others from the next room, and being quicker to live-tweet an event than enjoy it firsthand, it seems that fewer and fewer people are truly connecting with others. How can you, as an apartment manager, connect with your residents online in a way that fosters community, instead of making face-to-face conversation even...
  • How Do U.S. Renters Feel about the Housing Market?

    The national real estate market is made up of many moving parts – renters, buyers, landlords, sellers, investors, inventory and demand, just to name a few. Gaining insight on the opinion of major influencers helps determine overall housing health, especially as economists begin to make predictions for 2015.  The Zillow Housing Confidence Index involves 10,000 interviews of consumers within 20...
  • You Better Listen to Oprah

    I don’t like making small talk. I mean, I think I pull it off fairly well, but as I’m outwardly saying, “Yes, it was crazy cold last Tuesday,” inside I’m all, “WHEN WILL THIS END? MAKE THIS MADNESS END!” Unfortunately (for me), it’s all about who you know—and who they know. And if you must know, I know someone who guest starred on The Good Wife. So really, no need to network any further! But the...
  • 7 Ways You Can Avoid Getting Trampled

    I refuse to participate in Black Friday. (They already have Halloween candy out in stores, so I'm allowed to talk about November.) For starters, I have no interest in being trampled to death outside of a Walmart. That plasma TV is swell and all, but I’d sooner keep my extremities intact.  I also have very little patience for shoppers with very little patience. Additionally, I will never...

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